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Have a case of wanderlust but a budget that doesn’t? We compiled a list of the top 5 best accommodations sites that will allow you to travel without spending a dime on a place to stay (and help you make a few new friends along the way).
The most popular site for free stay is Couchsurfing. People all over the world open up their homes to host travelers for free. The site is all about community so whether or not you’re available to host nor travel, you can still meet travelers visiting your city.
A nonprofit with more than 70k members, BeWelcome aims at connecting you with a local to show you their city, no matter where you go. Trading taxis for airport pickups, the guidebook for a personal recommendation, and a hotel for a local home, the site wants to make every trip one where you have a local friend.
3. Trust Roots
Hitchhikers, musicians, dumpster drivers, hackers, buskers, and nomads of all types are encouraged to join “tribes” via Trust Roots to meet like-minded travelers. All about creating community and forming friendships, the site offers a platform for people to open up their homes to host travelers for free.
Have you ever dreamed of driving cross-country on a motorcycle? MotoStays was created by motorcyclists for motorcyclists to swap hotels for free home stays for trips all around the globe.
Love the idea of staying for free, but not too keen on the idea of sleeping at a stranger’s house? This app helps you find hosts via your mutual Facebook friends and groups. So wherever you go, you’ll have a friend-of-a-friend!